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Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Several human rights and civil society groups called on the international community [press release] Thursday to address the killing 140 protesters [JURIST report] in Ethiopia's Oromia region. Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said that the protests over government plans to expand the capital of Addis Ababa into the region … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thirteen non-government organizations on Saturday issued a joint statement to the Egyptian parliament, giving recommendations to make certain the enforcement of constitutional and human rights. The call comes during a time of continuing national and regional security concerns in the nation. A major recommendation in the statement [Daily News … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

Ethiopian government security forces have killed 140 protesters [text] in the Oromia region despite December reports of only five deaths, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Thursday. The protesters began demonstrations in November against the government's plan to expand the country's capitol, Addis Ababa, onto farmland and property occupied … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China passed a new anti-terrorism law [official text, in Mandarin] on Sunday which requires technology companies to provide information to the government obtained from their products and make information systems "secure and controllable." The law also restricts media organizations from reporting on terrorist activity. Critics of the law, including … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

China is expected to pass new anti-terrorism laws on Sunday which would require technology companies to provide information to the government from technology products and make information systems "secure and controllable." The proposed laws have been criticized by western organizations and the US Department of State [official website]. Critics of … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Egyptian lawyer Nasser Amin on Saturday challenged a law that allows for writers to be jailed for writings that violate Egyptian "morals." The challenge came during the trial of Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji, who could face a nearly USD $1,300 dollar fine and two years in jail for his … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced national security officers Omar Mahmoud and Mohamed el-Anwar for beating lawyer Karim Hamdi to death in Cairo last February. The court's decision is part of a series of cases seeking to end police brutality in the state. The conviction also comes after President … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Egyptian researcher and freelance journalist, Ismail Alexandrani, was detained and interrogated upon his arrival in Egypt Tuesday for spreading false news. After an eight-hour interrogation Alexandrani was ordered to be jailed for 15 days [AP report] pending an investigation into claims that he joined and campaigned for an illegal … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

Algeria's former counter-terrorism chief Abdelkader Ait-Ouarabi, also known as General Hassan, was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for allegedly breaching orders and destroying documents. In 2013 he was forced to retire by a military judge, a move thought by many to be an attempt by Algerian President Abdelaziz … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday released its ruling [opinion] that the US government may keep secret memoranda related to the legal justification for the use of drones for targeted killings of those in other countries believed to be involved in terrorism. Though … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on the US Wednesday to halt the sale of weapons [press release] to the government of Saudi Arabia [HRW backgrounder]. The call comes days after the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced a Foreign Military Sale [news release] estimated at $1.29 … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

Egyptian officials released human rights activist and journalist Hossam Bahgat on Tuesday after he signed a statement [Mada Masr report] promising to abide by legal procedures when reporting on matters concerning the Armed Forces. The statement also says he was not under physical or mental harm when signing. He was … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Several independent UN human rights experts said [press release] Wednesday that a recent Brazilian draft law may infringe upon civil rights in its efforts to counteract terrorism. The bill [materials, in Portuguese] was approved by the Brazilian Senate last month. The legislation broadly defines [Rio Times report] a terrorist … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Egypt has prevented hundreds of individuals from leaving the country over the past year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Sunday. The government has reportedly denied permission to political leaders, youth activists, people associated with nongovernmental groups and a former aide to ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Those … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson [official profile] expressed concern [press release] Monday over the rising use of counter-terrorism measures around the world. Many nations have used counter-terrorism as an excuse to restrict public assembly and stop the activities of public interest groups, Emmerson said. … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Tuesday that Egypt violated international law during the creation of a "buffer zone" between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. According to HRW, the creation of the buffer zone required demolition of more than 3,200 buildings [HRW report] in the Sinai Peninsula between … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Wednesday vetoed [veto message, PDF] a bill that would have banned individuals from flying drones lower than 350 feet over private property without permission from a landowner. The stated purpose of the bill was to protect privacy rights of landowners from unforeseen … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Rights Watch (UK) [advocacy website] commenced a legal proceeding [press release] against the government on Tuesday, seeking the publication of legal advice the government claims provided justification for a Syrian drone strike that killed three, including two British citizens. Director of Rights Watch (UK) Yasmine Ahmen commented that there … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye [official profile] spoke out [press release] Tuesday against prison sentences handed down to three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt earlier this week. Mohamed Fahmy, Bahar Mohamed and Peter Greste received [JURIST report] three-year prison sentences for their roles in releasing … [read more]


Legal News
29 Aug 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] On appeal from a guilty verdict in 2014, three Al Jazeera [official website] journalists on Saturday received a three-year prison sentence [Al Jazeera report] for their roles in releasing video footage that allegedly contained false news in support of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder]. Two of the journalists were … [read more]

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